September 10, 2015 Subject:
In the 31 July 1954 edition of Billboard magazine, they asked a bunch of TV industry people to vote for "the best non-network miscellaneous film series". Topping the list was "Kieran's Kaleidoscope", with 364 points. "Industry on Parade" was ranked 23rd on a 29 show list (tied with 4 other series, each of which got 5 points. Which meant it still came ahead of "Find a Hobby" with 2 points and the 29th-ranked series on the list called "Little Story Shop" with 1 point). Clearly, few people in the TV industry considered it their favourite non-network miscellaneous film series (and Billboard did not include the series on their non-network documentary film series list, which was topped by syndicated repeats of "Victory at Sea", of all things).
I did a search of TV schedules for New York City, and in that city at least it aired on Saturdays during dubious time-slots (12:45PM in a 1954 schedule, 12:30PM in a 1950 schedule).
Is this episode incomplete? Some of the schedules I came across show the program in a 15-minute time-slot, and 15-minute shows in those days usually ran 11-13 minutes minus ads (did this series even have a sponsor?).
But all that useless information aside, I found the narration to be appalling and dumb, but the footage is excellent. I give it 4 stars just for all of the interesting footage it contains.
November 5, 2003 Subject:
Anti-Commies on parade as well.
A much more entertaining Industry on Parade shows us the manufacturer of all sorts of Plastic items, since they were celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the birth of plastics at the time, a manufacturer of model ships and other vehicles for military usage (something we havent seen before) and the manufacture of, of all things, bug screens! Very informative and interesting. But the one thing i always look forward to when watching these are the 'message from industry to you" at the very end of these. In this one, one of the best anti=commie warnings are made. The Commies want more inflation to cheapen our money1 Don't take out any loans! Save up all you can! Great stuff. Highly reccomended!